Thinking out loud about a Fedora Handbook

Mel Chua mel at
Sat Nov 28 08:26:16 UTC 2009

On 11/25/2009 11:34 PM, sankarshan wrote:
> A while back I had stolen some neurons from Rahul and Susmit while
> scribbling<>.
> The page has a bit of detail but it is somewhat nebulous and
> tentative.
> Having a handbook that is "project focused" would be a good addition
> to release-centric flyers. Would anyone like to take a look at this
> and, figure out how to move forward with the content ? The original
> idea I had was to re-use existing content so as to not burden everyone
> with writing fresh snappy lines.

Thinking out loud a little bit...

I think this would be a great project to take on for F13.

It's also, like every other project in Fedora, dependent on people here 
being excited about working on it (and able to do so) - although the 
timing seems right, with the a lot of the base material (the Four 
Foundations [0], etc) already existing somewhere on the wiki, and with 
momentum in this general area going strong with conversations about 
"what is Fedora?" happening at f-a-b, the website redesign and user 
research underway, marketing research starting, and the like.

Since it's not release-specific it's something we could work on early in 
the release cycle, even pre-Alpha. And it's something we could do as a 
series of joint Ambassadors/Marketing sprints, since they'll be the ones 
using this handbook at events, and we're looking for ways to get the two 
teams working more closely together (and this would be an awesome 
start). We could try to print the first round at the Marketing FAD [1] 
we'll likely be planing for sometime in the middle of this release cycle.

Also, these came to mind as potential sources of inspiration:

These are just my late-night ramblings, so I'd love to hear what others 
think about the concept.

Is anyone interested in driving this project, or do you know someone who 
might be? This would make a great project for someone interested in (or 
interested in learning about) print media, perhaps some of the folks who 
were keen on



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